Could someone please explain why Pete Townshend felt compelled to send out an important PSA disguised as PR drivel? "I have unwittingly helped to invent and define a type of music that makes its principal components deaf"
Principal components? WTF?
Not only is he talking like a corporate hack, he is also not coming clean about the real cause of his deafness. All through the 80s and 90s, he claimed it was The Who's legendary decibel levels at concerts that caused his deafness. Not so, he says now. It was them headphones in the studio.
Well, now you know. Don't be pumping "Live At Leeds" directly into your ear-drum.
(For those with too much time and curiosity, here's how the ear works.)
(And for the really curious, a very good resource on Beethoven's deafness.)